Embers (Podfic)

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Title: Embers (Podfic)
Podfic Artist(s): Opalsong
Cover Artist: Opalsong
Date(s): 2020-03-28 to 2021-12-18
Length: 89:48:28
Based On: Embers (ATLA story)
Author: Vathara
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender
External Links: AO3 page

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Embers [PODFIC] is a podfic by Opalsong of a story by Vathara.

It was posted as a WIP over nine months, with a chapter published weekly for 91 chapters total.

The story is 704k words long, and the podfic comes in at an incredible 89 hours, cementing Opalson's reputation as a podfic robot.

As of Feb 17, 2022, it had 43k hits, nearly 700 comments and 600 kudos, which is notable in a medium which is famously low on feedback.


Just the first three chapters are so good I don’t know how you do it!! “Embers gets podficced” has been on my genie wishlist for years, and to have someone as talented as you going for it has me absolutely over the moon with happiness. Your setup sounds so professional, and I love your narration as well as all of your character voices. Zuko especially is already punching me straight in the chest with emotions so I have no idea how I’m going to handle hearing you act out some of the really emotional scenes later on. I can already feel the tears looming lol.
Thank you for giving me something to look forward to every week! You really deserve thousands of comments and kudos for this!!
Nacht AO3 comment on Ch.3
Opalsong, your reading is so smooth it lets me get absorbed into this fic like it was nothing. You have a lovely voice and are incredibly talented in reading :) Thank you.
carpatfish AO3 comment on Ch.12

Many comments underlined the sheer scale of the project and congratulated Opalsong on the achievement:

Wow it ended. Oh that’s so weird I don’t know what I’m gonna do with this free slot my week now
Uminoakiko AO3 comment on Ch.91
This is just, madness. You absolute legend. I cannot wait to listen to this in full. Embers is one of my all-time favourite fics, so this makes me beyond happy. I remember seeing you post the first chapter and thinking ‘my god, are they mad?’ But you’ve done it! You’ve really done it! Congratulations!
DarkElectron AO3 comment on Ch.91
Holy shit, I am just so Deeply impressed by your commitment to this project. Thank you so, so , so much for putting all this work!

I was trying to figure out how long this podfic was in relation to some of my favorite audiobooks from back in the day. I used to check out a lot of YA audiobooks from my local library as a teenager, but then sort of faded out of that in my 20s, podfics have sort of brought me back into that audio format of taking in stories.

One of my favorite searies was somthing like 45hrs for three long novels (Bartimaeus trilogy) More offton the novels were ~5 hrs. And of course the two different times I got sucked into reading the text version of Embers I was reading hours per day for over a week. So just Wow. The dedication to complete this podfic! Just Wow. You are so awsome.
Elisabeth_Berry AO3 comment on Ch.91

Many comments emphasized that the podfic helped them through the pandemic years:

It’s hard to believe this is the end! Thank you so much for sticking with this project. It gave me something to look forward to during a very tough almost two years. I always find your podfics easy to follow and get immersed in.
bowl_of_petunias AO3 comment on Ch.91